GoPro goes smaller, lighter, more hi-res

Californian sport cam company launches Hero 3 camera
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GoPro CEO and founder Nick Woodman yesterday revealed his company's latest product at a media launch in San Francisco. The GoPro Hero 3 is 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the Hero 2 and offers 4K video capture at 15fps.

Available in 'White', 'Silver' and 'Black' configurations, the top of the range model comes with the company's new wifi back and has a range of capture modes including the new resolution of 2.7K at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, 1440p at 48fps, 960p at 100 fps and 720p at a rather amazing 120fps.

The new camera can also shoot 12 megapixel stills at 30fps, with much better low light performance compared with the Hero 2. The top of the range 'Black' model - to be available for $399, no UK price has been announced yet - ships with built-in wi-fi for streaming footage live to a computer or the new GoPro smartphone app.

The GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition goes on sale in the US next week.

GoPro was founded in 2004 and is a brand of the privately-owned Woodman Labs of California.

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